Looking for the best PS4 cooling stations to keep your system from getting too hot and rowdy? Then look no further. As PS4 games have become more ambitious and graphically intensive, the PlayStation 4 console, and specifically the system's fans, has often struggled to keep up with the strain of running major AAA titles, such as The Last of Us 2, which has resulted in the hardware often sounding like a jet engine.
External PS4 cooling stations and fans could help keep your console quiet by increasing airflow, and will help to take the strain off the PS4's internal fans. This means that console noise from internal cooling components shouldn’t reach absurd levels of volume, and, alongside simply keeping your PS4 well ventilated and air dusted occasionally, cooling fans and stations could lead to a potentially longer console lifespan.
With Sony’s PS5 now available, gamers who wish to get the most out of their PS4 console before upgrading, or who simply want to preserve the console for years to come, should consider an external cooling accessory. We’ve put together a list of the best PS4 cooling stations, fans and stands on the market that should suit a range of budgets and needs.
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Best PS4 cooling stations
One of the PS4’s most successful accessories has been Playstation VR. Sony has sold over a whopping five million units of its virtual reality headsets and made the once niche technology mainstream. In comparison, that’s a better sales rate than the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. For such a premium device, it was sold for noticeably cheaper as well.
Considering the resources needed to run games in VR, it’s best to keep your PS4 and its headset processing unit as ventilated as possible. ElecGear’s all encompassing cooling station is a premium accessory for a premium hardware set up. A simple off/on switch offers solid cooling through duo fans. Alongside chargers for standard DualShock 4 controllers, the station features two more chargers for Playstation Move controllers. Four USB ports at the front should be more than enough. There’s even a hanger for a pair of over-the-ear headphones. The only thing that would make this absolutely perfect would be slots for game cases.
Anyone looking for a fully functional PS4 cooling station with value should look toward the Kootek Vertical Stand. This vertical stand features three cooling fans that should provide plenty of extra heat dissipation. The stand also features dual-charging ports for DualShock 4 controllers and case holders big enough for twelve game cases. Too bad the USB ports don’t work unless the PS4 is fully turned on. Regardless, it’s probably one of the best bang-for-buck within cooling station offerings for the console and it works for all PS4 models from original to Pro variants.
Those looking for something incredibly cheap in the console cooling department should look into Kingtop’s stand. There’s plenty to love about this incredibly affordable stand which features two fans that offer both high and low settings that doesn’t require using any of the front USB ports. This means it can be powered with any standard USB port. However, the case doesn’t seem too sturdy in keeping the console in place so be mindful of where the set-up is placed.
OIVO’s cooling stand works for all PS4 models and is feature packed. Alongside two cooling fans, the base features a metal bottom instead of plastic. This means some serious console ventilation. Instead of using the micro-USB port, the cooling stand utilizes faster charging through the Dualshock 4’s EXT Port. Anyone looking for real quality within their cooling stand should look no further.
PS4 Pro owners looking for a simple cooling set-up should find much usage out of the Linkstyle Cooling Fan. While most rear external cooling fans utilize the console’s power-port, this one is powered through USB. This allows the five fans to run under a normal speed and faster turbo speed for games demanding more power. There’s also an automatic mode for when the PS4 Pro gets too hot. The PS4 Pro already runs at decent decimals even under heavy load compared to the base model. This cooling fan might work best for those looking to preserve their console as long as possible.
Best PS4 cooling fans at a glance
- ElecGear PS4 Vertical Cooling Stand
- Kootek Vertical Stand for PS4
- KINGTOP Vertical Stand for PS4
- OIVO PS4 Vertical Cooling Stand
- Linkstyle Cooling Fan for PS4 Pro
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